Many New Jersey, residents work inside of office buildings, retail establishments and other indoor environments. Most of the time, these employees remain well and able to work. Other times, however, they may experience an array of symptoms that cannot be explained. Sick building syndrome might be the cause of these symptoms, which include:
- Cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches
- Unexplained headaches and/or dizziness
- Respiratory ailments like difficulty breathing
- Cognitive difficulties such as forgetfulness and trouble concentrating
These symptoms typically dissipate when people leave the work environment.
Although workers’ compensation is an option for those suffering from sick building syndrome, such claims come with complications. How can you know if your work environment is responsible for your illness? More importantly, how can you prove your case?
First, make sure you do not have the flu or any other condition. Second, ask your coworkers if they have symptoms like yours. If you have ruled out the flu or a cold and your coworkers also feel sick, report your condition and your concerns to your superiors. Then complete the necessary paperwork to initiate a workers’ comp claim.
Many people have found success in obtaining workers’ comp benefits for sick building syndrome with guidance from an experienced attorney. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence to support your claim. They can also help you appeal the decision if your claim results in a denial of benefits.
To remain productive in the workplace, you need to be as healthy as possible. If it is your premises making you sick, then you deserve workers’ comp benefits to help you recover away from work. Another advantage of filing a claim is that it may prompt your superiors to resolve the issue –improving everyone’s health in the workplace.